What did the SNEWS team spot this week that other fitness insiders might find interesting? Well, read on to find out.
- If you don’t find the SNEWS team on the trails in our beautiful Colorado, you will most definitely find us at the gym or on our home elliptical. So when we read about these vacations for fitness fanatics in the Montreal Gazette, we immediately got into holiday-planning mode.
- Seems from this MSNBC article that women who get liposuction aren’t likely to work out to maintain their svelte surgery-induced figures, but they should. According to the story, the amount of fat in the midsection increases in a woman who’s had liposuction and doesn’t exercise regularly following the procedure. So retailers, looks like you might get a swarm of new customers now that this story has hit, looking to keep trim after lipo. Chances are if they can afford cosmetic surgery, they can afford a treadmill.
- The SNEWS team advocates for equality and accessibility for everybody, that is why we were tickled pink to read this Washington Post article about a gym in Maryland, Rockville’s Fitness for Health, that caters to individuals with disabilities. While the gym is open to everybody, it’s handicapped-accessible and has gear that helps people do exercises for their cognitive skills.
- For many, incentive to do something healthy often comes with a scare factor, but according to this Chicago Tribune story, people have other reasons to work out. Our motivation changes as we age, the story said — so retailers, you should get familiar with what brings in customers and use it to your advantage while selling equipment. Turns out wanting to lose weight isn’t a good motivator, but wanting to feel good is.
- The other day we read this, “Whenever I see a math word problem it looks like this: I have 10 ice cubes and you have 11 apples. How many pancakes will fit on the roof? Answer: Purple because aliens don’t wear hats.” It pretty much summed up exactly how we feel about math. According to this Common Health Story, we probably didn’t get enough exercise as kids because according to research, kids who exercise frequently are better at math.
- With the rise in childhood obesity in this country, does that mean many of our children aren’t good at math? Well, they will be doing better in math and in fitness thanks to a new program for children in Detroit. The Pure Michigan FIT Program, according to this Detroit Free Press story, will attempt to instill healthy habits in children from birth onward.
- If you’re being honest with yourself, and we are, you’ll acknowledge that all you want in life is to rock your body. That’s why these new fitness classes coming out, such as Buti Yoga, a “sexy hybrid of Miami booty dancing and yoga,” according to this Los Angeles Times story, and Pound, a drumming cardio workout. SNEWS is well on our way to mastering Buti Yoga. Afterall, one of us did live in Miami.
- According to this Middletown Transcript story, fathers are natural coaches. We know this to be true as anytime we’d have an issue in life, we’d call up our dad and he’d give us a meaningful metaphor from his time in the Marines to help us through our little problem (because honestly everything seemed like a little problem compared to his tales). This story chronicles the bond fathers and sons experience while training and getting in shape together, which gives fathers a chance to use their natural coaching tendencies.
- The Active Interest Media Boulder office is full of good-looking, active folks and we have a shower to wash of the stench of sweat after our lunchtime runs and rides. That must be why we’re so productive. According to this Business Day story, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has implemented an exercise day in order to keep their employees productive. Nice start EFCC, but you might need to do it more than once a week if you want to get on our level, and trust us, you’ll want to be on our level.
- What childhood obesity epidemic? The children featured in this Washington Post story got down and dirty doing some CrossFit to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital recently. The exercises were modified for the young'uns to prove that anybody, of any age, can do this popular workout.
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--Compiled by Ana Trujillo